Feb 22, 2013 7:00am EST
. erin moriarity shows us why he still faces a fight for his freedom. >> how do so many people get it so wrong that you end up in prison for 40 years for something you didn't have anything to do with. my life was taken because a jury made a decision based off of lies. >> reporter: 28-year-old ryan ferguson is trying to clear his name. >> reporter: did you have anything do with it? >> absolutely not. i had nothing to do with it. >> reporter: he was accuse of killing a popular sports editor in 2001. there's no physical evidence that ties ferguson to the murder and he's always insisted he had nothing do with it even when interrogated as a teenager for hours. he was convicted pry playerly on the word of this man, a high school friend by the name of charles erickson. >> i looked up and ryan was over the victim. but >> reporter: but erickson says since then he's lied. >> help me out with this. somebody has said so you were making that up? >> yeah. >> for the first time exclusively to "48 hours" erickson explained why. >> i lied to cover my own behind because i
Feb 22, 2013 2:00am PST
've got this extreme weather for you. erin, you've been there when the snow first started to fall and when it stopped and now comes the cleanup. >> reporter: well, and right now, today, it's a lot colder here this morning than it was yesterday. it's about 14 degrees. we hope our fingers don't freeze off. if you can see behind me, they're already starting to dig out. we've got that. now the national guard is patroling for stranded motorists throughout the state. wichita, where we are now, got a near record snowfall, 14.2". their record is 15.2". so, most of the states, schools are still closed today. although the airports are now open, starting to dig out there, too. believe it or not, what they're calling the blizzard of oz here in kansas is a welcomed development for a lot of residents. i spoke to one yesterday, kristen woodburn. here she is. >> it snows so infrequently here now, we've been in a really bad drought for several years. really, really hot temperatures in the summer and just no moisture. so, we're thrilled to see snow, ice, whatever moisture we can get. >> reporter: this is th
Feb 22, 2013 9:00am PST
and got stuck. erin pike is in wichita. how are you doing? >> reporter: very well. look, schools and universities have closed for the most part today. businesses were all closed yesterday around this area, but slowly opening back up today. the government got a delayed start to the day, but back open, too. and the roads are all open. the government is just urging drivers that if they're going to drive, they want to get all the though off the top of their cars so doesn't obstruct vision. but i have to tell you, a lot of people in kansas are really happy about all this snow because this is the third year of a really terrible drought here. and as you know, it's a big farming state, so a drought is a big problem. but it's bringing much needed moisture. the big concern, though, is with cattle ranchers. i spoke to a couple of them last night and their big concern is keeping cabs warm. it's cabbing season. these pictures are from frank harper. you can see there are probably cows in the snow, but they were also bringing these calves inside to warm them up. >> you don't normally see that.